depletion meaning

[ di'pli:ʃən ] Pronunciation:   "depletion" in a sentence
  • Noun: depletion  du'pleeshun
    1. The act of decreasing something markedly 
    2. The state of being depleted

    Derived forms: depletions

    See also: deplete

    Type of: decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down, temporary state

    Encyclopedia: Depletion

  • [Finance]
    An accounting term describing the amortization of assets that can be physically reduced.

  • [Medicine]
    n : the act or process of depleting or the state of being depleted: as
    a : the reduction or loss of blood, body fluids, chemical constituents, or stored materials from the body (as by hemorrhage or malnutrition)
    b : a debilitated state caused by excessive loss of body fluids or other constituents


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  1. alkalosis and potassium depletion may be pronounced.
  2. specimens can be collected usually without severe depletion of local populations.
  3. other countries took measures to prevent depletion of their precious dollar supplies.
  4. this modest amount of sodium bicarbonate prevents the potassium depletion and demineralization of bone.
  5. depletion of soil nitrogen frequently leads to reduced concentrations of soluble amino and amides.

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